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Press Aim against any major muscle to measure the fat percentage and muscle quality (MQ) for that muscle.
- Each measurement takes less than a second and results are immediately displayed
- By measuring four muscles (biceps, triceps, abs, and thigh), you get an accurate estimate of your total body fat percentage and MQ
- Aim sends your results to an online dashboard via Low Energy Bluetooth
- You can review your results on the online dashboard to track progress and get tailored fitness advice
- MQ, or Muscle Quality, is a measure of a muscle’s strength and definition. It is calculated by analyzing how current flows through muscle tissue using multi-frequency signals applied with four different electrode configurations.
- Skulpt has spent the last four years optimizing the placement of the 12 electrodes it uses, the frequencies of the signals it applies, and the algorithms it uses to calculate MQ.
- Just like your IQ, the average person has an MQ of 100 for each muscle. Lower MQs mean weaker, less defined muscles while higher MQ mean stronger, better defined muscles.
If you're new to exercise or a fitness veteran, a crossfitter, bodybuilder, athlete, time-crunched woman, result-driven guy, baby boomer, paleo dieter, lowcarb foodie, sports supplement enthusiast, coach, quantified selfer, health nut, personal trainer, a gadget junkie, a human - Skulpt Aim is for you.
We work so hard to exercise and eat well, but are disappointed when the scale doesn’t reflect our efforts. We rely on scales and BMI metrics to show us what we’ve accomplished, when in the end, it’s not the weight we want to lose – it's the fat.That’s why Aim measures your body fat percentage and muscle quality. While tracking progress and optimizing training for each muscle, Aim shows us the results we've longed for.
Aim’s design has made Skulpt a 2014 International CES Innovations Award winner in the Health and Fitness product category.
Now that you know which muscles need improvement, it’s easy to get more from every workout. Aim’s personal online dashboard allows you to track progress over time, set goals, and share results with friends.
And it provides tailored advice to your body. It recommends workouts that specifically target the muscles that need improvement, so you can see results faster.
Add fun to fitness with Aim
Collect trophies for meeting your workout goals, and
challenge your friends to compete for highest MQ!
- There are at least 4 other ways to measure body composition (total body fat):
- Hydrostatic Weighing: The gold standard. You are weighed underwater in a huge tank and that information is used to estimate your total body fat. It’s very accurate, but inconvenient and expensive.
- Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA): Also very accurate, but also inconvenient and expensive (about $250 each time).
- Skinfold calipers: requires a skilled person to get relatively accurate results. It’s generally inconvenient, a bit painful, and kind of embarrassing since it requires someone else grabbing your fat.
- Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) Scales: This is the easiest among existing technologies, but its accuracy is not very good and depends on hydration status. They estimate body composition in a sub-optimal way: They apply current between hands or feet, so none of the current actually flows through fat. Instead, it flows through “lean mass” and the percentage of fat is estimated. This makes measurements highly dependent on hydration.
- The Skulpt Aim is far more convenient than Hydrostatic Weighing, DEXA, and skinfold calipers and it is more accurate than BIA scales. The Skulpt Aim uses EIM, a technique in which current is applied directly to each muscle using optimized electrode configurations and frequencies. As a result, current is forced to flow through the fat and results are far more accurate.
- Most importantly: only the Skulpt Aim measures MQ! The “M” in EIM is for “myography” which literally means “the description of muscles”.
- Aim uses a technique called Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM), that was developed by our co-founder Seward Rutkove, MD
- EIM was developed at Harvard, MIT and other top universities and has been studied for more than a decade at dozens of hospitals on thousands of people around the US.
Where it all began: Skulpt Medical Device
- In EIM various electrodes are used to apply very small amounts of current directly to your muscles. Current flows differently in fat than in muscle, and it flows differently based on how fit a muscle is. A muscle that is stronger and leaner has a higher MQ because it has larger muscle fibers and less fat.
- Aim measures thousands of data points for each muscle and uses algorithms that we have refined over the last four years to calculate the fat percentage and MQ.
Aim’s sensors evaluate how current flows through your muscles, distinguishing muscle from fat and weaker muscles from strong, defined ones. Its proprietary algorithms simplify this information into two metrics: fat percentage and MQ.
Jose Bohorquez, Co-Founder and CEO
PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, Minor in Business Administration from Sloan, worked at GE Healthcare and Bitwave Semiconductor before grad school.
Seward Rutkove, Skulpt Co-Founder
& Harvard Medical School Professor
Chief of the Division of Neuromuscular Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inventors of Electrical Impedance Myography, Winner of Prize4Life's $1M ALS Biomarker Prize.
Juan Jaramillo, VP, Product
Growth hacker, MBA in Marketing, experienced agile project manager, passionate about creating unique products, web experiences, and marketing strategies.
Jerry Panos, Chief Operating Officer
Harvard Business School alumnus, seasoned C-level executive, expert in operations and manufacturing, former leader of multiple electronic contract manufacturing companies.
Neil Lupton, Director of Research and Intellectual Property
MIT SB, Yale PhD, expert in product research, development and commercialization, holder of 37 patents, developer of several products in common commercial use.
Director Clinical Operations
Yensy James Hall
Software, CMU Alumnus
Lead Electrical Engineer
Social Media and PR Coordinator
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Research Associate
It’s quick, and easy. Measuring each muscle takes less than a second.
goes where you go.
It’s compact, smaller than an iPhone, with a glossy, water-resistant shell and long-lasting battery life.
make it your own.
Skulpt's light ring can be personalized to support up to 6 profiles.
feels so good.
It’s ergonomic, so measuring body composition and muscle quality is easy and comfortable.
By measuring specific areas, Aim captures your body composition with minimal error-- on average, 3-4 times more accurately than bio-impedance scales. More importantly, it uses advanced sensors and algorithms to measure your MQ - a metric that no other device on the market gives you.
Dr. Seward Rutkove, Skulpt co-founder, is a neurologist at Harvard Medical School. As a physician and researcher, he was frustrated that there were no good ways to measure muscle health. He embarked on a mission to find or develop a better way to measure muscles 13 years ago. In collaboration with physicists at Northeastern University and engineers at MIT, he developed and tested the earliest prototypes that measured EIM.
In 2009, Dr. Rutkove and Dr. Jose Bohorquez, an electrical engineer from MIT, co-founded Skulpt (originally Convergence Medical Devices) to develop EIM devices.
Skulpt has been awarded various grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to develop EIM and validate it in various clinical trials.
Skulpt’s first device is being used in various clinical trials around the US to study patients with neuromuscular problems. It has even been used in collaboration with NASA to study the impact of weightlessness on the muscles of mice that have been in outer space!
About a year ago, Skulpt realized EIM could be really helpful to healthy people who wish to track their fitness. Our studies had shown that stronger, leaner people had higher MQs. Further, we found that in the wealth of data we gathered there were parameters that correlated highly with fat independently of MQ.
This led to our development of the Skulpt Aim.
We are seeking to reach our goal of $100,000 for this campaign to enable us to go into production. We have proven technology. We have a working prototype. But we need your help to get us through this final stretch. Help us put Aim in your hands.
Sharing is caring. And this time it pays. Log in to your indiegogo account and share the unique link provided under our campaign video with all your friends. Refer the most friends to our campaign, and you can win:
- a 2-night stay in one of Miami’s 5-star hotels
- a complimentary flight from anywhere in the US or Canada
- a VIP dinner with the CEO and the rockstar Skulpt team
- a "Day One Edition" Aim device – one of the first off the lot!
So start sharing today!
What is MQ and how is it measured?
MQ (Muscle Quality) is a measure of your muscles’ strength and definition that was designed to be intuitive. Aim uses EIM technology to send a small current directly through your muscles. It uses 12 sensors and multiple frequencies to get very accurate readings. Since the current flows differently in muscles based on their composition and muscle fiber size, we’re able to evaluate the quality of your muscles. A typical person’s muscles have MQ of about 100, with higher numbers representing better fitness.
Will there be an Android app at launch?
We will have an iPhone app and web dashboard for sure at launch, and will be working really hard to also have the Android app completed. If not exactly at release, then soon after.
Which muscle groups will be measured?
The software will initially be set up to test 11 muscle groups on each side: biceps, triceps, shoulders, forearms, chest, abs, thighs, hamstrings, calves, lower back, and upper back. Of course, you can always choose to do fewer muscles. To calculate your whole body metrics, only four muscles are required on one side: biceps, triceps, abs, and thighs.
What difference do the gold sensors make?
The gold sensors do not affect the results of your measurements. They are a Limited Edition version of Aim, exclusively for our Indiegogo supporters.
Will my Aim be a Day One edition?
Yes. All devices purchased through Indiegogo will be a Day One Edition shipped in May 2014. Additionally, the Gold Aim will be marked "Gold Edition".
What if I forgot to pay for shipping?
We offer free shipping to anywhere in the US. If you forgot to add an international shipping fee ($10 to Canada, or $25 elsewhere), please click the red “contribute now” button and manually type in the amount you owe. We’ll be glad to add that towards your shipping costs.
Do you have stretch goals?
We’re doing all we can to make Aim as awesome as possible. We would love to hear from our supporters about additional features they would like to see so we base our stretch goals on that feedback. What would you suggest for stretch goals? Leave us a comment!
Will a single device be able to track multiple people?
A single device supports up to 6 different profiles – each with their own color light ring, and access to their own personal online dashboard.
How does Aim differ from bio-Impedance scales?
Bio-impedance scales measure body composition by sending a single current starting at your feet (and sometimes your hands). Most of this current will flow through your “lean mass” as this is the most conductive, so none of the current will actually flow through your fat content. Your percentage of fat is then estimated, and highly dependent on variables such as level of hydration, bone density, etc.
In comparison, Aim uses EIM technology. This is a technique in which a current is applied directly to each muscle using optimized electrode configurations and frequencies. As a result, the current is forced to flow through the fat and results are far more accurate.
Additionally, Aim also measures individual muscle groups, as well as your muscle quality (MQ). Something that bio-impedance scales, or any other device on the market, cannot give you.
Will my hydration level affect the measurements?
No. The Skulpt Aim is insensitive to hydration. Since Aim measures individual muscles, it forces the current directly through the muscle and fat content you are measuring, and isn’t affected by hydration.
Team on This Campaign:
VP, Product / Growth Hacker
Co-Founder, CEO, MIT PhD
Co-Founder, Harvard Professor
Social Media and Public Relations
COO, Harvard Business School Grad
Yensy James Hall
Software, CMU Alumni
Industrial Designer Extraordinaire
Director Clinical Operations
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Research Associate